Veronica pubescens Benth.

Coromandel Koromiko (Veronica pubescens)

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Little Barrier Island; Mokohinau Islands; North Island; Pakihi Island; Rotoroa Island

local names:

koromiko – New Zealand

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This hebe species grows as an up to 2 m tall shrub and has light – to bright violet flowers.

The Coromandel Koromiko is often associated with pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa Sol. ex Gaertn.) forest, but is also commonly found at open places.

The species contains three subspecies: the nominate form occurs on the Coromandel Peninsula, North Island and some of its offshore islands like Pakihi- and Rotoroa Island; Veronica pubescens ssp. rehuarum (Bayly & de Lange) Garn.-Jones is endemic to Great Barrier Island; Veronica pubescens ssp. sejuncta (Bayly & de Lange) Garn.-Jones occurs on Great Barrier-, Little Barrier Island, and on the Mokohinau Islands.

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Veronica pubescens ssp. rehuarum

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Coprosma rhamnoides A. Cunn.

Coprosma rhamnoides

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; Little Barrier Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names: –

Dianella nigra Colenso

Dianella nigra

Distribution:

New Zealand: Cuvier Island; Great Barrier Island; Goat Island; Kapiti Island; Little Barrier Island; North Island; Pakihi Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); South Island; Great Island (Three Kings Islands); Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names:

plant:

piopio – New Zealand
turutu – New Zealand

plant parts:

pepepe – New Zealand (fruit)
reua – New Zealand (fruit)

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References:

[1] P. B. Heenan; P. J. de Lange: Two new species of Dianella (Hemerocallidaceae) from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 45: 269-285. 2007

Zealandofannia mystacina Domínguez & Pont

New Zealand Bat Fly (Zealandofannia mystacina)

This species was described in 2014.

The New Zealand Bat Fly is about 0,35 cm long and mainly black colored.

The larvae feed on the guano of the endemic New Zealand Short-tailed Bat (Mytscina tuberculata Gray). [1]

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References:

[1] M. C. Domínguez; A. C. Pont: Fanniidae (Insecta: Diptera). Fauna of New Zealand 71. 2014

Entelea arborescens R. Br.

Entelea arborescens

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Little Barrier Island; North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); South Island; Three Kings Islands; Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names:

whau – New Zealand

Weinmannia silvicola Sol. ex A. Cunn.

Weinmannia silvicola

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Little Barrier Island; North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands)

local names:

kamahi – New Zealand
tawheo – New Zealand
tawhero – New Zealand
tawherowhero – New Zealand

Dactylocnemis pacificus (Gray)

Pacific Gecko (Dactylocnemis pacificus)

The Pacific Gecko, named by the Maori as moko tapiri, is a nocturnal species and spends the day hidden on or near the ground, well camouflaged by its bark-like, light and dark brownish resp. greyish pattern.

The Pacific Gecko is viviparous like all of New Zealand’s gecko species, it is furthermore known to pollinate the New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.) and other native plant species.

The species is still widespread throughout New Zealand’s North Island and many of its offshore islands. Some of the populations, however, especially those from the offshore island groups, are very likely distinct species, and thus are tag named as Matapia Gecko (Dactylocnemis ‘Matapia’), Mokohinau Gecko (Dactylocnemis ‘Mokohinau’), North Cape Gecko (Dactylocnemis ‘North Cape’), Poor Knights Gecko (Dactylocnemis ‘Poor Knights’), and Three Kings Gecko (Dactylocnemis ‘Three Kings’). [1]

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The animals reach a length of about 18 cm, they are very long-lived and may reach ages of more than 40 years.

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References:

[1] Stuart V. Nielsen; Aaron M. Bauer; Todd R. Jackman; Rod A. Hitchmough; Charles H. Daugherty: New Zealand geckos (Diplodactylidae): cryptic diversity in a post-Gondwanan lineage with trans-Tasman affinities. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59(1): 1-22. 2010

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dactylocnemis-pacificus-dpr

Photo: Dr. Paddy Ryan; by courtesy of Dr. Paddy Ryan

http://www.ryanphotographic.com

Olearia furfuracea (A. Rich.) Hook. f.

Olearia furfuracea

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Little Barrier Island; North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); Rangitoto Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names:

akepiro – New Zealand